Oil Paintings by Bonnie J McGown


About Me: Bonnie J McGown

 I was born a northern girl on Long Island in New York.  When I was in elementary school my family moved to sunny Miami, Florida.  Lucky for me, Miami was a wonderful place to grow up.  I always loved art and even had some private painting lessons  in grammar school.  Following my passion I went to college as an Art major.  I studied with such noted artists as Duane Hansen who stressed the importance of drawing and learning the basics.  A job transfer in my 20's landed my small family back up north.  We settled in the Highlands town of Ringwood in the Ramapo Mountains of New Jersey. Heaven!!  Still having the desire to create I travelled to NYC and studied at the Art Student's League with various artists including Michael Burban for figure drawing and anatomy.  As exciting as the ASL was I began looking for something with an easier commute.  Lucky again, I found the Ridgewood Art Institute. I studied traditional oil painting with Arthur Maynard, John P. Osborne and my beloved friend Betty Kaytes.  The RAI gave me the foundation I needed to build on in my pursuit of capturing the flow of light in my still life, floral and landscape paintings.  I have taken many workshops and travelled to many wonderful locations in Europe, Canada and the US to paint en plein air. My luck continues, giving me  a wealth of subject matter right in my back yard.  Ringwood Manor, Skylands Manor and Greewood Lake have served as my inspiration on many painting excursions with my favorite pochade box.


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